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English Fairy Tales & Legends

Rosalind Kerven

National Trust


ISBN: 9781905400652

Price: £14.99

Publication date: 20 October 2008

Series: National Trust History & Heritage


Many people in England have little knowledge of genuine ‘English’ fairy tales. The stories that many of us grew up with are from overseas: for example Snow White is German, Cinderella is French and Aladdin is Arabian. But folk tales and legends are an intrinsic part of English national culture and the author has revived our best tales for a new generation of readers.

This terrific collection of 12 classic tales is a great introduction to the different types of traditional story and their place in English oral and written heritage. They include tales of giants, dragons, fairies, beauty-and-the-beast, and Arthurian Romance. Each tale is linked with a specific place or county in England: ‘The Dragon Castle’ from Northumberland, ‘The Girl Snatched By Fairies’ from County Durham, ‘The Princess and the Fool’ from Kent and ‘The Dark Moon’ from Lincolnshire.

The book also includes notes on each story: the history and where it came from, its development and short summaries of many related or similar stories


Rosalind Kerven is a folklorist and the author of over 60 books published in 22 countries. She has a specialist knowledge of world myths, legends and folk tales and is on a mission to bring these wonderful tales alive for new generations of readers. Her other bestselling titles include Native American Myths and Viking Myths & Sagas. She lives in the Northumberland National Park.